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Children on the attack

  • Jan 23, 2013
I really, really tried to like this book, but in the end I just couldn't. It's not because the book is poorly written, because it's not, or because the plot is very unusual, which it is. The truth is that I just couldn't get into the story line. I'm usually a reviewer who will accept the world view that the author presents to the reader, and go along with it. In this case, I just couldn't.

The plot involves terrible crimes committed by children against various members of their families, and concurrently acts of industrial sabotage committed by people who shortly thereafter commit suicide. The protagonist of this book, who has trouble relating to other people, is trying to discover what is causing these anomalies. There are all kinds of scientific things thrown around, and they tend to make the head spin. We read of death and destruction on a large scale, and gangs of feral children roaming around, possibly killing and eating their own companions. Something about time travel gets involved also, and, even though I read the book to the very end, I had given up quite a bit before that.

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August 01, 2013
How about the famous oldie "Children of the Damned". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056931/
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Frank J. Konopka ()
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I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
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"[A] cerebral thriller…. [Jensen’s] denouement is eerie and foreboding, leaving unanswered as many questions as it addresses."Publishers Weekly(starred review)

“Gripping…. Jensen weaves an eerie, haunting narrative, told in Hesketh’s singular voice, building an unsettling tension as it moves toward a chilling finish.” —Booklist

“[A] compelling apocalyptic literary thriller…. An intricate, intelligent, nightmarish eco-prophecy delivered in pacey fictional form.”—Kirkus Reviews

"In the course of eight inventive, provocative novels, Jensen has carved out a fictional space dense with elements of fantasy and thriller, satire and SF, science and cod-science, but entirely her own. The mainstream is moving towards her, rather than the other way around."—Guardian (UK)

"The Uninvited is a masterclass in creepiness – as unsettling as Margaret Atwood or Kazuo Ishiguro but with modern detail such as Skype calls, industrial espionage and Twitter. It is this hybrid of haunted souls and capitalist cautionary tale that gives the novel its power."—Independent (UK)

"Expertly paced and pitched, combining moments of chilling horror with deadpan comedy, this audacious novel is utterly gripping."—Daily Mail (UK)

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